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A load of bills to pay. A sick family member. A broken heart. A time-sensitive project at work.
There are a lot of things that can make you worry. In fact, if you’re not careful, you’d stress yourself out over every little thing in your life. And that would seriously screw you up.
Getting your head on straight, especially when you’re going through a rough time, is a challenge. More than your physical strength, it requires mental and emotional stability. The good thing is, it can be done. You have it in you to reduce your anxiety, improve your focus, and push through to eliminate the things that keep you awake all night.
Take a break.
When your head is swirling with worry, sometimes the best way to quiet it down is to take a step back. Breathe. Don’t underestimate the power of taking a break. A change of environment can rejuvenate your spirit.
It can make you feel like you can function again. Taking a break makes you see things in a different perspective, too. At times, getting your mind off the responsibilities you need to do gives you the drive and fuel to get the job done.
Let it out.
It’s very easy to panic and become overwhelmed when all your worries are bottled up in your head. You need to breathe, and your concerns need some breathing room as well. That’s why it’s important to surround yourself with good people. They can support you when the going gets tough. Sometimes, simply talking to someone else can make all the difference.
Unloading your problems on your loved ones doesn’t mean you want them to solve your troubles for you. It’s just easier to process and organize your thoughts when you say them out loud, and when you have a sounding board. They can also help you come up with solutions or see things in a different light.
By letting it all out, you give your head some much-needed space to organize your thoughts so you can come up with sound solutions to your problems.
Cleaning your space and surroundings may seem like a small thing, but its healing power can’t be denied. Mental clutters already take a lot of space in your head. Don’t let the tangible mess disturb your psyche as well. Plus, clean surroundings are always a good idea.
A clean desk inspires you to actually work and get your tasks done. An organized closet gives you room for new things. A clean house is just more livable, plain and simple.
Studies even show that when your surroundings have some order, it can reduce your anxiety and boost your concentration. Think of de-cluttering as a dual clean-up. When you tidy up your area, you also give yourself a mental bath.
Jot it down.
When you have a lot of things in mind, your thoughts and perspectives are all over the place. And because they’re all jumbled up, it’s hard to mentally untangle them so you can focus on what needs to be done. One way of getting your head on straight is making a list.
On a piece of paper, jot down the things that are stressing you out and the responsibilities you need to take care of. Make a priority list to see which problem you need to solve or which errand you have to do first. By making a list, you can also see your progress as you check things off.
Start getting things done.
Worries come and go. The constant thing that remains are your responsibilities. The best way to squash out your concerns is to do the actual work. If necessary, get a second or a part-time job to help you pay the bills on time. Otherwise, make changes on your spending habits to avoid being short on cash before your next payday comes.
If one of your family members is sick, adjust your daily or weekly routine so you can help him out. It’s normal to worry for your loved one’s well-being, but worrying a lot won’t do you any good. Instead, try to make his life more comfortable as he battles it out with his illness. You can do errands for him or help take care of his children.
If you’re mending a broken heart, make a conscious effort to truly let go of your failed relationship. Go out with your friends. Take up a new hobby. Spend quality time with yourself.
If you are stressed from work, look at the people or things that are causing your anxiety, and avoid them as much as possible.
There are a lot of ways to get your head on straight, but everything boils down to one thing – you need to actually do something to unscramble your thoughts and unscrew your head.
Here are insightful quotes to help you leave your worries out of the window.
Encouraging and Uplifting Quotes
“Worrying is like paying a debt you don’t owe.” – Mark Twain
“If you can think about worries, you can think about happiness. If you can think about problems, you can think about solutions.” – Shadonna Richards
“When you worry, you go over the same ground endlessly and come out the same place you started. Thinking makes progress from one place to another; worry remains static.” – Harold B. Walker
“Some men storm imaginary Alps all their lives, and die in the foothills cursing difficulties which do not exist.” – Edgar Watson Howe
“If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself but to your own estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.” – Charles F. Kettering
“As you grew, we helped you avoid unnecessary worry. As you leave, remember that 90 percent of what you worry about never happens.” – Catherine Pulsifer and Byron Pulsifer
“Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.”- Benjamin Franklin
“As soon as we stop worrying, a solution pops up.” – David DeNotaris
“Empty fears we all have, most worrying are needless, but still we fail to understand and go on fretting heedless.” – John McLeod
“Over-thinking causes unnecessary stress and worry, and tends to blow things out of proportion.” – Melissa Eshleman
“The secret of not having worries, for me at least, is to have ideas.” – Eugene Delacroix
“Did you know that to worry about a situation you are making a conscious choice to do so?” – Mike C. Adams
“It is the little bits of things that fret and worry us; we can dodge an elephant, but we can’t dodge a fly.” – Josh Billings
“Why waste another moment of your life dwelling in the past or worrying about the future? Isn’t it time you start living in the present?” – Jennifer Brooks
“As a rule, men worry more about what they can’t see than about what they can.” – Julius Caesar
“I’ve seen many troubles in my time, only half of which ever came true.” – Mark Twain
“If you can’t sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there worrying. It’s the worry that gets you, not the lack of sleep.” – Dale Carnegie
“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” – Buddha
“Words of encouragement are more than words – they are thoughts and direction written by a host of people who either have had to overcome their own personal issues or concerns, or by those who know first-hand from their professional experiences what it takes to move forward in life.” – Byron Pulsifer
“I believe God is managing affairs and that He doesn’t need any advice from me. With God in charge, I believe everything will work out for the best in the end. So what is there to worry about.” – Henry Ford
“Rather than worrying spend your energy on finding a solution.” – Catherine Pulsifer
“Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles it takes away today’s peace.” – Zig Ziglar
“To Dyer, worrying was merely a waste of time, as we could not control forces outside of ourselves, but just our reaction to those events.” – Adam Green
“You can tell the size of your God by looking at the size of your worry list. The longer your list, the smaller your God.” – Author Unknown
“Worry is thinking that has turned toxic. It is jarring music that goes round and round and never comes to either climax or conclusion.” – Harold B. Walker
“You need to find an activity that fully occupies your mind so that you have no chance to worry or think about your problem. In this way, you have a chance to let your subconscious mind look into the issue for you and eventually to come up with a workable solution.” – Catherine Pulsifer
“A positive attitude helps you cope more easily with the daily affairs of life. It brings optimism into your life, and makes it easier to avoid worries and negative thinking.” – Bill McDowell
“’Worry’ is a word that I don’t allow myself to use.” – Dwight Eisenhower
“So don’t worry if you try and do not succeed right away. Just try the best you can to improve from maybe 5% success to 30% success.” – Tim Van Der Kamp
“If you worry about something that you have no control over, or can absolutely do nothing about, then you are wasting your time, energy and emotion.” – Byron Pulsifer
“Our fatigue is often caused not by work but by worry, frustration, and resentment.” – Dale Carnegie
“There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“Worry is not about the possible troubles of the future; for if they come, you are but anticipating and adding to their weight; and if they do not come, your worry is useless; and in either case, it is weak and in vain, and a distrust of God’s providence.” – Hugh Blair
“Worry gives a small thing a big shadow.” – Swedish Proverb
“The less you worry, the less complicated life becomes.” – Anonymous
“Don’t worry we all make mistakes, so forget about the past and move on with life.” – Anonymous
“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.” – Leo Buscaglia
“Worry less. Smile less. Listen carefully. Take responsibility. Accept what you can’t change. Embrace the lesson. Love your life.” – Anonymous
“Sometimes, worrying about the very best way keeps me from doing anything.” – Dana K. White
“Start small, think big. Don’t worry about too many things at once. Take a handful of simple things to begin with, and then progress to more complex ones. Think about not just tomorrow but the future. Put a ding in the universe.” – Steve Jobs
“99% of the things you worry about don’t even happen.” – Anonymous
“Live more worry less.” – Anonymous
“Life becomes happy, delightful and enjoyable when you set yourself free from worries.” – Anonymous
“Don’t worry about things you can’t control.” – Anonymous
“Sometimes you have to stop worrying, wondering and doubting. Have faith that things will work out, maybe not how you planned but just how it’s meant to be.” – Anonymous
“What worries you masters you.” – Anonymous
“Life is too short to worry about stupid things.” – Anonymous
“If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today.” – E. Joseph Cossman
“Worry causes stress. Prayer causes peace. Worry less, pray more.” – Anonymous
“Worry a little bit every day and in a lifetime you will lose a couple of years. If something is wrong, fit it if you can but train yourself not to worry.” – Mary Hemingway
“Worry implies that we don’t trust that God is big enough, powerful enough or loving enough to take care of what’s happening in our lives.” – Francis Chan
“One day you’ll look back and realize that you worried too much about things that didn’t really matter.” – Anonymous
“Action is worry’s worst enemy.” – Proverb
“Rather than sitting and worrying, do something, anything. Worrying is a waste of time.” – Catherine Pulsifer
“Sorrow looks back. Worry looks around. Faith looks up.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Life is too short to worry about anything. You had better enjoy it because the next day promises nothing.” – Eric Davis
“Worry is wasting today’s time cluttering up tomorrow’s opportunities with yesterday’s trouble.” – Grant Ngobean
“Barring serious accidents, if you are not preoccupied with worry and you work hard, you can look forward to a reasonably lengthy existence. It’s not the hard work that kills; it’s the worrying that kills.” – Thomas Edison
“So, here are all the benefits of worrying: none; nothing; not a one.” – Byron Pulsifer
“Use your time and energy to accomplish great things instead of worrying, placing blame or spreading criticism.” – Les Brown
“It helps to write down half a dozen things which are worrying me. Two of them, say, disappear; about two of them nothing can be done, so it’s no use worrying; and two perhaps can be settled.” – Winston Churchill
“Because God created you and Christ has made you acceptable, don’t worry about what other people say about you. God is with you and he is for you. God will never leave you.” – Rick Warren
“Worrying about past regrets does nothing to change the past. Your future is where your focus should be.” – Catherine Pulsifer
“Worrying is a waste of time; it changes nothing. It will only create stress, which can have major effects on your health.” – Robert Washington
“Worry is interest paid on trouble before it is due.” – William R. Inge
“People spend their days worrying and thinking about the big things: acing that big test, getting that big salaried job, going on that big date. They fail to notice the sweet little things that make life so special.” – Robyn McComb
“Worries are wasted emotions, and remember that circumstances have no emotional component unless you give it to them.” – Catherine Pulsifer
“If you scratch beneath the surface, you will find that many of your anxieties, worries, and fears are associated with death and dying.” – Tai Sheridan
“You need to be comfortable with you. Stop worrying about the couple in the corner who may or may not be looking at you funny.” – Willow Cross
“Blessed is the person who is too busy to worry in the daytime and too sleepy to worry at night.” – Leo Aikman
“The more you worship, the less you worry. You’ll feel more patient and less pressured.” – Rick Warren
“What would your life look like if you let go of some of your biggest distractions, the often meaningless worries and stresses that take your attention, and actually put more focus on the people and things that are most important to you?” – Mike Robbins
“One of the great tragedies of our society, the most affluent in human history, is that the majority of people worry about money most of the time.” – Brian Tracy
“Retirement is wonderful. It’s doing nothing without worrying about getting caught at it.” – Gene Perret
“Most people stay in their comfort zone because they worry, it is fear that holds them back.” – Raphael Huwiler
“Worry erodes the psychic, causes unwanted emotional turmoil, and depletes the body through lack of sleep or poor eating habits. It only leads to further and further despair.” – Catherine Pulsifer
“The ultimate fruit of positive expectation is hope, and it is hope that pulls you forward in all you attempt to do. I’m always hopeful and I never worry. I can say that because I expect the best possible result in all that I do.” – Zig Ziglar
“Worry got us nowhere. What did? Action.” – Paul and Tracey McManus
“We all need to decide whether to ‘play it safe’ in life and worry about the downside, or instead take a chance, by being who we really are and living the life our heart desires. Which choice are you making?” – Charlie Badenhop
“If only the people who worry about their liabilities would think about the riches they do possess, they would stop worrying.” – Dale Carnegie